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The Pimenta-Spice Garden-Bungalows-Cooking Holidays

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

What an amazing find... and the perfect introduction to our first trip to India. Jacob helped us out when two days before we were due to arrive in Kerala our accommodation plans fell through, and we were looking for somewhere a little bit unusual, rural but still comfortable - and ideally with amazing food. Pimenta was all of these things... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The Pimenta cooking holiday was a wonderful experience! I stayed there for five days in February 2015 and enjoyed the lovely bungalows, peaceful garden setting, and excellent hospitality. Jacob, the host and owner, was very attentive and flexible in responding to what I was interested in cooking and what I was interested in exploring around the area. We visited several... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We had a fantastic time at Pimenta. Jacob was a very kind and hospitable host. We enjoyed learning to cook meals, sharing the meals as well as relaxing. Would recommend this to anyone as an experience.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This small scale "retreat" was the **only** accommodation we had in India with proper mosquito screening in the bedrooms.The WiFi is excellent. Jacob's food is delicious and always freshly cooked.The location is very quiet. Jacob prefers Guests who stay several days at least, making for a serene and restful ambience.I might suggest Jacob have a local map ready for guests... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My two friends and I decided to try a two day cook and stay at the Pimenta on our month long India trip. It was well worth the detour to Central Kerala. We stayed in a cozy bungalow surrounded by beautiful spice plants and greenery. Jacob was a wonderful host and guided us through two nights of cooking the most... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I've never eaten so much wonderful vegetarian food in my life – let alone such great food cooked by myself! My mum and I spent four days at Pimenta with Jacob and during that time he made us feel like family, not just guests. Not only was the cooking great fun, I learned a lot about the spices we were... More 

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

My wife and I spent four days at The Pimenta. Each evening we cooked our own meal under the supervision of Jacob Mathews. In all we prepared 18 different dishes and still have the recipe sheets with us. During the day Jacob, who speaks excellent English, took us out to lunch and to visit various places that without his inside... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 via mobile

I wish I could eat more of the fantastic Indian food right now! We cooked pretty much everyday for the extended chef stay. Most of the prep work is done for you- for cooks this is very pleasant, but if you are here to learn basic cooking techniques- you don't really do chopping, measuring that sort of thing. We learned... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

If you are a novice cook who needs some help/guidance reading and following a recipe with unfamiliar ingredients, then you may enjoy this experience. However, if you are a competent and confident cook, then it will not be worth you spending your hard- earned cash on this. I have to agree with an earlier reviewer who stated it was not... More 

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harithafarms, Owner at The Pimenta-Spice Garden-Bungalows-Cooking Holidays, responded to this review

Sorry for the delay in writing a response to the above review. Here our programs are restricted to maximum eight people and it is thoroughly hands on . The guest who reviewed was not signed for a cooking experience which she did not mention . It was also for a three days of activity other than the cooking she had... More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We took our family of five for a three night stay at the Pimenta in March. We wanted to customize our trip to the interests of our group, and Jacob was more than willing to accommodate our requests. When I asked about transportation from the Port in Kochi he immediately arranged a driver for our entire stay. While the rooms... More 

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The Pimenta is small and just four one bedroom standard garden bungalows that can accommodate 8 people comfortably set up in a campus having six acres of land with lot of trees spices and coffee. A perfect balance between intimacy and privacy The property is conveniently located on a corridor connecting North to South and East to West in Kerala with accessibility to public transport, airport, bus station and railway stations . Taxis are also easily available to reach there or leave from there . Round the year for the exit and entry has no hinderances . Rooms have private veranda, hot water and ceiling fans . . All our rooms have insect proofing nets on windows and doors .The food served at The Pimenta is vegetarian. Vegan option also available WE offer different programs to the guests who would like to experience our property ranging from kerala rural experience to kerala cooking holidays. We can also to be at help to design a suitable travel itineracy for you beyond our property and only glad to share our experience in logistics and knowledge about the state . ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Pimenta-Spice Garden-Bungalows-Cooking Holidays

Address: Haritha Farms | near Vazhalulam (Pineapple City), Kadalikad 686670, India
Location: India > Kerala > Kadalikad
Price Range: $75 - $104 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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